Monthly Archives: December 2013

Spinach Bacon Salad

spinach salad

I love this salad.  The combination of the creamy eggs, the salty bacon and the tangy dressing is fantastic.  The best part is that it can be made ahead of time and just tossed together when  you are ready to serve.  The dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, so feel free to double or triple the recipe and you will have a great homemade recipe to use. Continue reading Spinach Bacon Salad

Classic Margaritas


How do I begin to describe my love affair with Margaritas if you don’t know me?  Um, my Specialized Ruby Bike is named Rita.  I do races so I have a legitimate excuse to “replace my electrolytes” with a Margarita with salt.  I just love Margaritas.  I like different flavors but by far, this classic recipe is my all time favorite. Continue reading Classic Margaritas

Pasta Pesto with Chicken & Grape Tomatoes

Pasta Pesto with Chicken & Grape Tomatoes

I love pesto!  We have an herb garden in the summer and I use the basil all summer long for caprese salads but when the summer is over, I pick all the basil and make huge batches of pesto.  It stores great in the freezer.  I like to freeze it in an ice tray and then put the pesto cubes in a zip lock bag in the freezer.  Then you can easily grab as much pesto as you need.  Continue reading Pasta Pesto with Chicken & Grape Tomatoes

Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Lighter Chicken Parmesan

My family LOVES chicken parmesan and I do too but the traditional recipe with flour, egg and bread crumbs sautéed in lots of oil is a special occasion dish.  I wondered if I could lighten it up so we could enjoy it more often.  I told Bill I was making a “healthy” chicken parmesan and he made a face.  He wasn’t sure that would taste so great.  Continue reading Lighter Chicken Parmesan

Greek Chicken Hash

Greek Chicken

This recipe Greek Chicken Hash  comes from one of my favorite blogs, Health Bent.  They have healthy Primal/Paleo type recipes.  The common theme is that they all taste amazing!

I changed this up a tad, added a little more peperoncini since I like it hot, also added a little peperoncini juice and about 1/2 cup chicken broth to make more sauce (Remember, I am a sauce girl!  I also added about 1/2 bag of baby spinach at the end of the cooking (it was begging to be used and it’s healthy!).  Click here for the recipe.  Greek Chicken Hash Recipe.  Enjoy!!!


Throwing a Great Cocktail Party


Throwing a Great Cocktail Party isn’t hard, it just takes some careful planning.  This post is going to give you the top tips to throw a fun, memorable cocktail party.

1).  Themes are Fun!  Theme’s get people excited and help you create the ambience, right menu and most importantly, the right cocktails!  This is after all, a cocktail party.  Some Theme ideas:  Continue reading Throwing a Great Cocktail Party

Italian Wedding Soup

italian wedding soup 2

This soup is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Back to Basics by Ina Garten.  When you are craving a hot comforting bowl of soup, this is a satisfying, healthy option.  I always make a double batch and freeze the rest.

Cook whatever pasta you want on the side.  If you add it to the pan, the leftovers won’t freeze well and get really soggy.  I tend to grab whatever pasta is open and needs to be used up.  In this case, I cut up some spaghetti.  You can skip the pasta if you are Gluten free or Paleo.  Continue reading Italian Wedding Soup

Chocolate Pots De Creme

Chocolate pot de creme

Where do I start with this?  What is a Pots de Creme?  It is a french dessert, that is a custard but I would describe it as “Ultimate Gourmet Pudding”.  It can be made in many flavors but I have only had chocolate and that is so damn amazing, I have decided to just stick with that!

I always double this recipe.  They will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days if they aren’t eaten sooner.  Brian keeps a working inventory when I make these to make sure he gets his fair share, he is crazy for them!

ps……….they look elegant but are really soooooo simple to make.  You can make them the day before your party.  A must try!  Continue reading Chocolate Pots De Creme